Games I want to play

October 25, 2012

So, this time of year I start getting the urge to play more board games instead of outside games. I’ve been a big fan of the Mouse Guard comics and finally got my hands on the RPG book.

20121025-100350.jpg If you’re not familiar with Mouse Guard, do yourself a favor and check it out here. I’m most of the way done with the RPG book and really want to run a game. The mechanics are taken from The Burning Wheel role playing system. It’s a multiple d6 ( 6 sided dice) pass/fail system. It seems a little less math heavy than some systems and maybe a little simpler, but still looks like fun. I really want to play a few sessions of this game!
Another game that I have and have been antsy to play is Settlers of Catan. I’ve only played like two times with people (I have the iPad version), but I want to do some settling. The biggest problem with this game is that you really need 3+ people to play, and my friends and I are so busy all the time we haven’t been able to get together. If you’re a big fan of the game, you may want to check out this kickstarter project. If you know me and live close by and are free sometime next month, let me know.
If you are like me, you like penny arcade, and you anxiously wait for all the new info “Gabe” puts out on his thornwatch stuff. This game seems so awesome. I’m really interested in getting to play it some day. Check out the three part comics put up while they were on vacation starting here.
Finally, I’ve been trying to get a Munchkin game going on for about a month. I had one scheduled, but sickness and last minute cancellations derailed it. If you’re not familiar with Munchkin, you should click here. You can thank me profusely later. It’s a fun, funny, witty game where you can go on a dungeon crawl “without all that role playing.” It’s main tag line is “kill the monsters, steal the treasure, stab your buddies.” I love this game because it’s fun and quite accessible to anyone.
Well, those are the games I’ve been longing to play, how about you? Any fun games you think I should check out?

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It’s almost been a week since my last post. I haven’t done very much lately so there isn’t much to talk about. I judged a talent show at my old grade school and was asked to play some music during intermission. It’s the first time I’ve played in front of strangers in a good while. I think it went ok. Not great, but ok. I was really just some background for people getting refreshments and catching up. It was fun.
I’ve had a sinus headache for almost a week now. It is decidedly not fun. Mississippi weather is winning the battle against my sinuses and allergies. This going between 40 degree nights to 80 degree days is horrid. If you think about it, say a prayer for me and all those who suffer from the weather changes.
If you follow my twitter you’ll remember I had a guy come in and put on gloves like he was going to help me load his truck, then proceed to count as I loaded. What was the point of this? I don’t know but I see things like it fairly regularly. I have this pet peeve about car horns. I don’t think they should be a right, I think they aught to be a privilege. Before I even start I want to clarify that I’m not talking about handicapped people. There are people that just pull up and honk their horns and expect me to jump up and help them. It irks me to no end. I can be on the phone with another customer and here’s someone outside just laying on their horn. I can’t get to them until I’m done with the phone call but they just keep honking. Get out of your car and come to the office! I’ll get to you when it’s your turn. People honking their horns while driving for no emergency reason drive me crazy too. Along with the driver’s test there should be a horn privilege test. You only get a car horn if you earn it.
I also get tired of people complaining all the time. I know you’re thinking, “that’s what you’re doing right now,” and your right, but it’s not so much the complaining, it’s the not doing anything about it. You’re welcome to complain about a situation to me and I’ll listen, but don’t constantly complain about the same stuff if you’re not trying to make the situation better. Some people just enjoy being miserable and the only thing they like more is proving they are more miserable than you. If you took half the time you moped and complained and worked towards bettering the situation, you’d be surprised how much better it could get.
One last little thing that’s been floating on the tides of my thoughts, then I’ll be done. I saw an episode of family feud last night and one category was name a place you expect people to be nice to you. The top answer was at church. That’s a great answer, but I wonder how nice people really are at church. I know a lot of people who have left churches, even left the faith, because they were mistreated by their so-called brothers and sisters in faith. Maybe they were looked down on for not knowing enough, or in most instances they were being gossiped about, made fun of, and the butt of jokes behind their backs. This is no way for a Christian to act. We are to love people and hate their sin. We are to be accepting, a safe place to weather the storms of life, but too often churches fall into high school like dramas with all the cliques and groups that are closed off to outsiders. Wanna know why your church is dying? It could be because your tight knit group is knit so tight they won’t make room for anyone else. Church should be tight knit, but should always welcome another believer into the group.

I’ve been thinking lately about the job situation in the US recently and while I’m aware that it is a hard market to find work in (I was laid off for a while last year), I think it’s crazy how people who get a job don’t really want to work. Oh, they want the benefits and the paycheck, but they don’t really want to work. I work in a manual labor field and you can see it easily here. When the boss mans around everyone scuttles about trying to look busy, but as soon as he’s gone they immediately slow down their pace or just stop working. In interviews it’s all, “I’m not afraid of hard work,” and “I really need to work,” but once hired people just slack off. They complain about the lighter work you give them to start off and don’t stop complaining, ever. They don’t really want work, they just want free money. They want handouts. This is why society is falling apart. Everybody thinks the government owes them something for nothing. Nobody wants to work when you can get taken care of for nothing from the government. I get so many calls of people “looking for work” who say they’ll be in to fill out an application and never come in because they are just required to call a certain number of places to be eligible for their free care. I’m not against the government helping those who need it, though it really should be the church, I’m against how easy it is to get something for nothing from the government for people who don’t need it. Work ethic is going down the drain because kids don’t see parents working anymore. Like the billboards say, a big part of being a parent is being there. i think another big part of it is what you’re doing when you’re there. Are you setting a good example? If not, it would be better if you weren’t there. Morality needs to be put back in our everyday lives. We’ve killed our consciences, or, at the very least, let them be murdered. The world has become an unfriendly place because morals don’t play a role anymore, just power and whatever it takes to get more of it. Looking out for number one is the world’s philosophy now, and we’ve all put away the idea of the golden rule. I think it’s time for it to make a comeback.

Lucky Charms? Or Are They?

October 13, 2012

Just a quick observation for you this morning. I don’t know about you, but the lucky charms leprechaun is more than a little creepy. He wants kids to follow him into his cave and taste his “lucky charms” because “they’re magically delicious.” That sounds like a bad 80s “don’t get in the car with strangers” TV movie to me. I’m just saying he seems to be a little green pervert if you ask me. Beware!

Love

October 12, 2012

In our day and time love has become an abused, distorted, disfigured, diluted idea/ideal. We talk about “loving” this song or that actor or this food or that doo-hickey (yes, this is a technical term). My philosophy professed in college would say that one of our biggest problems is that we love things and use people instead of loving people and using things (I’m fairly certain he got the idea from someone else but I’m not sure who. Maybe Francis Schaeffer).
So, what does real, Biblical love look like? What does it not look like? Real love is sacrificial. It puts the other person first. Just as Jesus sacrificed himself for the church, we should be willing to sacrifice our wants and even ourselves for the people we love. Love isn’t proven by sex, but is the reason you will wait. If you truly love your future spouse, you will wait until you’ve married her/him to have sex. Love is shown by a willingness and desire to put the other persons needs, wants, desires, and quite simply, the other person as a whole, before yourself. Love is not being a doormat for the object of your affections to use and abuse because “he/she really loves you under all the tough exterior.” Love would never demand anything from you or abuse you in any way, but gives to you. Love should never be a one way street. If you are thinking that you can love him/her enough to make them love you, you should probably get out of the situation. It’s a mutual, reciprocal, interdependent thing. Love isn’t one person being leaned on while the other leans all the time. It’s not just an emotion. There are times when you may be tired, grumpy, frustrated, or even angry, but we must still choose to be loving. There is an emotional part of it, but some days you just have to decide to love one another and do it. Love is shown through actions, not words. If anyone tells you, “if you love me you’d do _________,” and whatever fills that blank is against Scripture, that’s not love. Love should be, “I love you so I did ________ for you.”
I love old movies and musicals so of course I can’t help but think of My Fair Lady. There’s a song where Miss. Doolittle says that she’s sick of words and “if you’re in love, show me!” Words are nice, but unless they are backed up with actions of love, in the end they are worthless. Don’t fall into the pitt our society has dug. What we see on TV and in the movies isn’t love, it’s just people giving into their base desires and fallen nature. That’s not romantic at all. Jesus giving himself for his beloved people, now that’s romance!

Happiness VS Joy

October 9, 2012

This is the second post in my religious thoughts series. I get so fed up with people saying Christians are supposed to be happy all the time. I despise the fake smiles plastered on people’s faces because their parents or Sunday school teacher or pastor told them they should be happy all the time.
I have no problem with genuine happiness. In fact I’m in favor of it. It’s the fake stuff, the mask of happiness we try to put on terrible, painful, hard situations. We’re told to shove our feelings of doubt and despair down and pretend like everything is super when everything is horrid. This isn’t healthy.
So, what is the definition of happiness? It’s an emotional response to what’s going on around us. When things are going good, we get happy. This is all fine and good until someone says,”you’re a Christian so you should be happy all the time.” Really? I don’t recall reading that in scripture anywhere. In fact I remember Jesus weeping at the death of a friend and on the mount of olives as he prayed. I remember reading how Jesus was filled with righteous indignation at the way the temple had become a den of thieves. I remember reading about how Jesus, and the apostles after him, told his followers that they would be persecuted for their faith. I don’t recall Jesus ever telling someone,”your problem is you’re just not happy enough. Be happy and it’s gonna be ok.”
I think we focus way too much on happiness and not nearly enough on joy. There is something we are commanded to do. We are supposed to be joyful people. So, what’s the difference? I would argue that joy is a choice. You can be joyful in your sorrow because you know God is in control. We are commanded throughout Scripture to be joyful. The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is “What is man’s chief end? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” We are told to be “joyful givers” and that joy is part of the fruit of the spirit. Joy should be a part of our daily lives in good times and bad. How do we do that though? It’s hard. The world wants us to focus on it, but we must keep our focus on God. Our joy comes from him and if we look away we quickly fall into despondency and hopelessness. There is room in joy for sorrow and sadness to exist as well as happiness. Joy allows us to acknowledge the bad and sinful things in the world while finding our hope and peace in the things to come. Be joyful my Christian siblings, in all aspects of life, for Jesus has prepared a place for you and God has adopted you and the Spirit is working in and through you for your good.

Modesty and Kids

October 8, 2012

I can’t help but notice, especially around Halloween, how people dress their young kids. There is no modesty left in the world it seems, except for older people and overweight people. I see little girls (under 10yrs old) dressed in skimpy little outfits. Examples include spaghetti strap tanks showing midriff, super short skirts, booty shorts, skin tight anything, etc. in short, people dress their little girls up in things that on a teenager or 20something would be considered slutty, but because they are young girls it’s looked at as cute. Well, if one dresses a kid like that when they’re young, how do you think that kid will dress herself when she’s older? The same stuff that was cute back then is what she’ll think is cute when she’s a teen. This is the pattern being set for kids. Let me ask you parents, would you want your teenage daughter to wear the same kind of clothes you’re putting on your pre-pubescent daughter? If the answer is “no” then why are you dressing her that way now?
I know this isn’t the whole reason for the decline in modesty, but I think it can be a road back to modesty. Most people mistake modest for boring. Not true. Just look at the classic stars of yesteryear. Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Ginger Rodgers, and the list could go on. They weren’t dressing like ladies of the evening, yet I’d argue their clothes were gorgeous and flattered the ladies to make the focus be their beauty. Clothes can still be beautiful and modest at the same time, the designers just aren’t making them that way. If people were to start looking for modest clothes again and stop buying these red light designs, then the designers would have to change their tune. Parents and women, no matter the age, I urge you to fight for your children’s and your right to look fabulous without having to look like a hussy. Modesty can make a comeback, but people must make a stand. Men, you’re not off the hook. Quit ogling these ridiculous outfits that are being promoted on TV. I’m calling you out to return to being gentlemen who treat ladies as ladies and not objects (more on that in another post though). We can make a difference. Lets do it!

Spatulas, Hammocks, and Me

October 4, 2012

I got some new spatulas for grilling the end of last week and got to try them out last night when I grilled burgers. I loved them. They are nice and long metal spatulas, or as my dad would call them, “flipper-dippers”. I highly recommend them for anyone who likes a long blade on their spatula verses a super long handle. The handles are quite adequate, but its the blades that have me excited abut them. Check them out:

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I also finally got my post concreted into the ground yesterday, so today I got to try out my ENO double nest hammock. It’s so relaxing to just sway in the breeze and sit out in the nice weather we’ve been having this week.

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Finally I’d like to let you know that I’ve posted a video on YouTube. It’s of an arrangement I wrote for “It is Well With My Soul”. You can find it by searching for goteefreak or by clicking here. Leave your likes and comments please.

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